Liverpool push for Reina sale, Napoli just want loan

Pepe Reina

The long-running Pepe Reina transfer saga continues with Napoli and Liverpool disagreeing on the terms of a possible transfer.

Pepe Reina is gradually edging towards an Anfield exit, but negotiations between Napoli and Liverpool aren't progressing easily.

The Spanish international spent last season on loan to Napoli and became a firm favourite, helping the Partenopei to third place and Italian Cup glory.

With no sign that he will feature in Liverpool's first team, Reina seems to have embraced the idea of returning to Naples and coach Rafa Benitez would welcome him with open arms.

But the terms of such a deal, which appears to be mutually beneficial to Napoli and Liverpool. remain up for debate.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport today suggests that Liverpool are pushing for an outright sale but Napoli are only interested in a loan deal.

The sticking point for Napoli seems to lie in Reina's wage bill rather than the transfer fee.

Tuttsoport insists that Liverpool have offered the goalkeeper to Napoli for a fee of just £2.3 million, but the Italian club are hoping to split his wages rather than have to pay the full amount.

Napoli already have two goalkeepers in Rafael and Mariano Andujar and have been offered the chance to sign Federico Marchetti, but Benitez would rather start the season with Reina between the posts.

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